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Northern State University Overview

Northern State University is a public institution located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The surrounding location of Aberdeen is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Northern State University Known For?

346 Undergraduate Awards
$23,438 Avg Cost After Aid
88% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northern State University Rankings

We have ranked NSU as #453 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Finance & Financial Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#20 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#28 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#28 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#55 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#62 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#156 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Northern State University?

Location of Northern State University

Contact details for NSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
Phone: 605-626-3011
Website: www.northern.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-State-University/112538332202097
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthernStateU

How Do I Get Into NSU?

You can apply to NSU online at: https://apply.sdbor.edu/login.cfm?inst=nsu

Admission Requirements for NSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NSU?

88% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
Since NSU has an acceptance rate of 88%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to NSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 560. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern State University  ( 470 to 560 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Northern State University  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800
NSU received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Northern State University  ( 17 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Northern State University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Northern State University  ( 19 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Northern State University?

$23,438 Net Price
71% Take Out Loans
8.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NSU is $23,438. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NSU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $7,337 a year. That adds up to $29,348 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,333 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,051 undergraduate students at NSU, with 1,333 being full-time and 1,718 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NSU

There are also 442 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,333 full-time undergraduates at NSU, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 30
Hispanic or Latino 59
White 1,010
International Students 134
Other Races/Ethnicities 74

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Northern State University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 50 countries are represented at NSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Mexico.

Online Learning at Northern State University

1,448 Took All Classes Online
1,918 Took At Least One Class Online
21.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at NSU. In 2017-2018, 1,918 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern State University was 21.1%. This is the #861 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 2%
Curriculum & Instruction 71%
Education 13%
Marketing 33%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Business #9
Finance & Financial Management #15
Curriculum & Instruction #30
Teacher Education Subject Specific #51
Accounting #58
Educational Administration #70
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #105
Liberal Arts General Studies #105
Education #192
Business Administration & Management #240
Business, Management & Marketing #303

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 1 42 0 43
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 42 42
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 28 8 36
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 33 0 33
Health & Physical Education 0 0 25 8 33
General Biology 5 0 24 0 29
Accounting 0 0 21 0 21
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 15 6 0 21
Finance & Financial Management 0 2 16 2 20
Sociology 0 0 16 0 16
Marketing 0 0 15 0 15
Special Education 0 0 9 0 9
History 2 0 7 0 9
General Psychology 0 0 9 0 9
Biotechnology 2 6 0 0 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 8 0 8
Educational Administration 0 0 0 8 8
Writing Studies 0 0 8 0 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 7 7
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 7 0 7
International Business 0 0 5 0 5
General English Literature 0 0 5 0 5
Political Science & Government 0 0 5 0 5
Management Information Systems 0 0 4 0 4
Chemistry 0 0 4 0 4
Music 0 0 4 0 4
Geography & Cartography 3 0 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 2 0 0 0 2
Mathematics 0 0 2 0 2
Arts & Media Management 2 0 0 0 2
East Asian Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 1 0 1
Economics 0 0 1 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 17 24 305 75 421

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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